Worship +2: Rituals

 
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“Good Morning! I’m glad you’re here. I’m glad we’re here. Why are you/we here?” asked Pastor Jeff.  He then continued by sharing the definition of a ritual:  

        Rituals are an act or a series’s of acts regularly repeated in a set manner.

The first thing that came to my mind were negative religious rituals, although as Jeff explained, not all rituals are religious and not are all of them are bad. As a kid, I couldn’t see the good of going to church every Sunday, but looking back I see it was a good religious ritual that my parents nurtured in me. Which, by God’s grace, I continue to encourage in my own children. My husband, Mike, and I have begun a new ritual of praying as we travel each morning together, and we share our concerns and praises, bringing us closer to each other and to our Father.

This Sunday, Hope Church began a new series, Worship plus 2. The plus 2 signifies our part beyond worship on Sundays, which consist of pursuing our own spiritual growth and serving others. At Hope, we have four strategies of ministry: invite, connect, grow and serve. But at the center of all these is worship. Pastor Jeff used a great example of this, comparing worship to human blood which flows from the heart into other parts of the body, then returns back to the heart, and sets out again. 

Acts 2:42: They devoted themselves to the apostles teachings and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 

When I read this verse I feel as sense of wanting to, not having to.  Hope’s definition of a disciple is a person whose in the process of being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ for the sake of others. 

Acts 2:43: Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.

Excitement, right? We come together to remind us WHO we are and WHOSE we are.

Who we are: Galatians 4:6-7, I am a child of God and an heir. 

Whose we are: Colossians 1:17, He is before all things and holds all things. 

In closing, I’m reminded through this message about what happened 2000 years ago as Jesus’ impending death was before him. He gathered with his friends and broke bread, to represent his broken body and his blood shed for me. A ritual that is displayed each time I humbly & lovingly receive communion on Sunday mornings.

I’m so grateful that God has guided me to this church called Hope where I joyfully worship, continue to growing spiritually and humbly serve. It’s Not just church, it’s Family! 

Donna McCallion.

 
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